Justin Bieber Faces Philippines Ban for Mocking Losing Boxer
The Canadian pop star has drawn the ire of the southern Asian nation, which has demanded an apology for his Twitter mockery of its champion boxer.
With its favorite son knocked out, the Philippines is striking back -- at Justin Bieber.
Following Manny Pacquiao's loss to Juan Manuel Marquez by KO in a fight in Las Vegas earlier in December, Bieber posted several photos that mocked the 34-year old eight time champion. One featured "Smooth Criminal" era Michael Jackson standing over the fallen boxer, with the words "Manny Are You Okay?" above him; the other had Simba, from the Disney film The Lion King, nudging him like he had his dead father.
The photos outraged politicians in Pacquiao's home country, who issued a statement condemning the posts.
"Mr. Bieber should have known that the Hon. Pacquiao has reached his stature as such as a result of sheer hard work, determination and firm belief in God, and despite such stature best exemplifies humility and grace even in defeat,” it said.
Further, they are petitioning for a formal apology, with the threat that Bieber could become a "persona non grata" in the country.